The US Congress, on Monday, has passed a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package, reports said.
The approval of the new bill came after months of the uncertainty of not having another stimulus checks round.
US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, told the public that “people are going to see the money” next week, per Fox Business.
South Dakota Senator, John Thune, praised the bill and compared it to a “light at the end of the tunnel.”
Thune wrote on Twitter that the bill would “give much-needed relief to Americans.”
Who Is Eligible to the New Stimulus Package?
According to Fox Business, adults who earned less than $75,000 in 2019 are eligible to receive the full $600 check. For couples, those who earned less than $150,00 will get $1,200. However, those who got higher incomes will get less.
Another addition to the bill are couples that include an immigrant without a Green Card. In the last stimulus checks, the government excluded mixed-status households.
$600 is a Joke
After Congress passed the bill, critics are quick to notice that the new stimulus check only amounts to $600 per person. Early this year, people eligible for the checks got $1200 each.
According to Fox Business, not only was the new stimulus smaller than the last one, but it is also harder to get it.
American writer, Don Winslow, lambasted the amount saying, “$600 is not “a lot” for families and for people who said it was.”
He added the amount would not help those families “in any real or meaningful way.”
American politician, Jon Ossof, called the amount “a joke” in an MSNBC interview.
According to him, he would’ve voted for the bill because Americans need it. However, “$600 is a joke.”
Another criticism of the new stimulus package is that it “excludes millions of high school and college-aged dependents,” per CNBC. Also, “many disabled adults and elderly people under someone else’s care.”